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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

All the Sad Young Literary Men, U.S. paperback

Design by Susan Dean
Illus. by Jamie Todd


The 2008 hardcover design by The Heads of State was one of my favorite covers last year, but the paperback design for All the Sad Young Literary Men doesn't disappoint: we get to see the obsessions of the three main characters -- writing, history, women -- and the winding and ultimately distracting paths they wander between them. (Nice use of New Yorker Bold too; does any typeface say "literary" more than that?)


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UPDATE: You asked for 'em. Here are the UK editions:

Paperback:


Hardcover:

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Too bad about the actual contents of the book. Such as they are.

Joseph said...

Reviews were rather mixed, weren't they.

JRSM said...

This is a variation on the UK hardback (which was white rather than red, but otherwise much the same).

mike said...

They should have stuck with the (excellent) hardcover design, IMO. I almost bought a remaindered copy of that just for the cover.

mog said...

I think my favorite thing about this cover is the unusual treatment of everyone's favorite two words, "a novel." For some reason replacing it with "a fiction" is kind of awesome. And I'm guessing it fits, given the subject matter.

Anonymous said...

Mike, can you provide a link so we can see that UK cover?

Joseph said...

I'll grab that uk cover and post it in just a bit.

Anonymous said...

JRSM, can you give a link to the UK hardback?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I just saw your comment.

Joseph said...

There you go. Two of them, in fact :-)

Tropolist said...

One problem with iconic fonts like NYBold is that the font jumped out at me a few seconds before I actually read what was printed in it.